Govt Vehicle Subsidized Fuel Ban to Take Effect in Jakarta Next Week

By webadmin on 07:29 pm May 31, 2012
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Starting next week, the Jakarta administration will ban civil servants in the capital from using subsidized fuel for official cars, a spokesman for the administration announced on Thursday.

The move follows the president’s announcement on Tuesday that new rules would be put into effect to save fuel.

“We will start implementing the energy-saving instruction on Monday, June 4. We want to respond quickly to the presidential instruction on energy saving,” Jakarta administration spokesman Sugiyanta said at City Hall on Thursday.

Official vehicles will be limited to purchasing non-subsidized fuel products like Pertamax, and not the subsidized ones like Premium, Sugiyanta said.

Jakarta civil servants were also under instructions to turn off lamps and electronics that were not in use and to carpool whenever possible, he added.

“All civil servants with the Jakarta administration will be obliged to obey the provincial secretary instruction. Anyone who breaches it will be subject to firm sanctions, in accordance with existing regulations,” he said.

The Jakarta administration will campaign for other energy saving measures, including promoting the use of light-emitting diode (LED) lamps in state offices and “green concepts” for the construction of new office buildings and rehabilitation of the old ones, Sugiyanta said.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced several new policies on Tuesday evening aimed at reducing Indonesia’s subsidized fuel consumption, in a move to limit the cost of the expensive subsidy.

The new policies include the ban on officials and employees of state enterprises from using subsidized fuel when driving state-owned vehicles and a campaign to minimize fuel consumption through reduced use of electricity in government and state enterprises’ offices.